FG's McGinley to step down ahead of election
Published 15/09/2015 | 02:30
Fine Gael stalwart Dinny McGinley will retire from politics ahead of the general election.
Mr McGinley, who was a junior minister for the Gaeltacht, said he was "under pressure" to stand again but decided against running.
"A year ago, I said that I did not intend to be a candidate in the next election. And, although the decision has been made for almost a year, I came under pressure recently from the constituency, from all parts of the constituency, and from Dublin as well, to reconsider," the Donegal TD said.
He added: "I had the opportunity to discuss it with the secretary general, the director of elections, and the Taoiseach himself at the party think-in.
"I informed them that I did not intend to go back on the decision I made a year ago."
Fine Gael will now select another candidate to run alongside the current Junior Minister for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, in the five-seat Donegal constituency.